Happiness is…

I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude. Brene Brown

Meditation: The girls are excited. We will go on a family outing tomorrow. Nothing big, nothing expensive, just a two hour drive north to Helen, GA. We have been there eleven years ago, but the girls won’t remember, as they were only three. We had a picnic back then, and we are planning on having one tomorrow. And then there will be zip lining and tubing on one of the rivers. Great fun for teens. These are the moments and days as a family that make our hearts sing: Time off. Time away. Time for each other. Nothing extraordinary. But something really special to us as a family. Us, who are often so incredibly busy with work, school and hobbies. Precious time, shared time, shared experiences of driving, eating and being in nature together. We will be getting up excited and happy, and we will be returning late filled with sun, water, good food and gratitude.

Prayer: God, for the ordinary yet special times in life we are grateful. For teens who still want to be with their parents and for an extra day off from work, we are thankful. We cherish these times of togetherness. Times of enjoying the outside and of discovering. Thank You for your loving kindness that is new every morning. Amen

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name… to declare Your loving kindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night.” —Psalm 92:1-2